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Fall camp is here!

All players reported yesterday and today they step on the field for the first official practice of the 2011 season. I am excited as always about the coming year. I’m generally an optimist but I really think good things are going to happen this year. We finally have a solid group of seniors to lead the team and I think they will do just that.

Here is my outlook for the offensive side.

The skill positions look to be in good shape. Arkeem French and Malcolm Johnson should both catch a lot of balls this year. I won’t be surprised if they get 40+ each. They are both slender deep threats while Bobby Burum and V.J. Hunt can go across the middle; that is an impressive lineup. I was really looking forward to seeing Sherman Page play after his redshirt season but it doesn’t appear he’ll be with us this year. We have 13 receivers on the roster while typically pass happy VSwho? only has 6. As the Russians were fond of saying about their tanks – quantity has a quality all its own. Let’s hope theres some truth to that and some of the youngsters are able to contribute.

I like our running back group as much as any team in the conference. James Kennebrew and Yusuf Holloway are coming into their senior year and both have been All-GSC in the past. With any luck both of them will join the 2,000 career yards club by season’s end. Kennebrew needs 600 yards and Holloway needs 800 to make it. They both deserve to hit the 1,000 yard season mark for all their past efforts. Quatavius Jones will be a good change of pace back. Seth Hinsley and Lane Thompson are two freshmen backs I can’t wait to see get on the field. That might not happen this year with the depth we have but I’d like to see them get some experience before next year. Seth is a monster who will give us an inside presence we haven’t had since J.R. Ragan. With a few more pounds Lane Thompson could be the next Danny Woodhead. He has a very impressive Youtube reel if you haven’t seen it.

The QB spot could be a little shakey but no more so than last year. In 2010 both Brandon Behenna and Joe Weatherford played well at times but neither really took control. They were swapped so often it was probably hard for either to build much rhythm. This year Emmanuel Taylor is “The Man”. ET is a mobile QB a la Michael Vick which always scares me (and most defenses). In the event he gets hurt the backup will be a true freshman who has never taken a college snap. It would be nice to still have Joe Weatherford for those times. In any case I am looking forward to seeing what Justin Walker can do. Hopefully we can get up on somebody early to get one of those guys in the game for some much needed experience. Another concern just on paper is his TD/INT ratio. At East Central Mississippi JC he threw for 15 touchdowns versus a scary 9 interceptions. I hope he just tucks and runs instead of throwing into coverage, especially against UNA with Janoris Jenkins back there.

We’ll have four starters back on the offensive line. Injuries on the front have been a major concern throughout the Dickey era, an issue he seems to be addressing with 20 current players playing O-line. Some freshmen and sophomores will have to step up as backups so Glen Elarbee will have 6-7 guys that form a regular rotation. Our ability to stay healthy on the offensive (and defensive) line will make or break the season, in my opinion. With two All-Gulf South Conference backs and one of the best receiving corps we’ve had since Wilson Kimble/James Crowley we could be a very high powered offense.

Next entry I’ll go over the defensive side.

Odell Willis still representin!

Former UWG defensive standout Odell Willis has been named CFL defensive player of the month. Odell anchored one of the best defenses in UWG history along with Kelvin Morris, John Perkins and Brandon Jamison. We could really use a couple 3-4 year stars like him on both sides of the ball.

I have watched him play a few times on NFL network and ESPN3. He’s a much bigger part of the defense than he was last year. He is currently dubbed “The Mayor of Swaggerville”, since the Bombers are 6-2 so far this year.

The CFL game is odd but it’s still good football. 110 x 55 yard field; 20 yard deep end zone (they look cavernous); 3 downs and you only have to touch a loose ball before it goes out of bounds to gain possession. Since there are only 8 teams it appears they play each team four times per year, twice home and twice away. I would like to see some American teams back in the CFL rather new outdoor leagues forming like the UFL.

Click the photo (or the link underneath) to view the story online via the Winnipeg Free Press. Go Blue Bombers! Go UWG!

Chicago Rush JLB Kelvin Morris earns Spalding Highlights of the Week honors

Former UWG Defensive End Kelvin Morris is playing for the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League. They list Clemson on his bio, which drives me bananas. I even wrote them about it.  He transferred from Clemson to West Georgia along with Brandon Jamison. I believe both were injured at Clemson and didn’t see the field much. Let’s hope they make the correction.


Kelvin Morris on YouTube




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